• These little stories by one of Britain's foremost grandes dames of the writing world are a delightful surprise, packing a much greater punch than many full-length novels... They are moving, thought-provoking, witty and shocking all at once

    Sunday Telegraph
  • A cabinet of curiosities... Glitteringly beautiful. Byatt is a vivid colourist

    Sunday Times
  • As ever, Byatt's language has the clear intensity of a poem

    Daily Mail
  • Byatt is the grande dame of British fiction... Those acquainted with her previous work will recognise her fascination with the supernatural, as well as the erudition and attention to detail that are trademarks of her style

    Financial Times
  • Each story resembles a novel in miniature-there is a unique, experimental feel to this engaging, unsettling collection that will not hinder the author's reputation as a literary giant

    Scotland on Sunday

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